Water turned off for some downtown buildings as crews repair water main break; traffic diverted

Travis County Administration Building at 700 Lavaca St.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Traffic in downtown Austin is being affected Friday as crews work to fix a water main break at a Travis County building. Properties in the area will also experience little to no water as crews work to fix the problem, according to Austin Water.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced Friday morning that the Travis County Administration Building at 700 Lavaca Street would be closed for the day as officials worked to fix the break.

Spokesman Hector Nieto says that building houses the Permitting Department, so people who need to access permits will have to wait until Monday. The building also has private offices.

Austin Water said in order to fix the water main break, crews shut off the water between Eighth Street and Sixth Street.

“Properties in this area will have limited or no access to water while the repairs are underway,” officials wrote. “Areas south of 6th St. along Guadalupe may experience a decrease in water pressure associated with this shut off.”

Officials hope to fix the issue Friday and aim for water to be restored to the properties in the area between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“As with all watermain leaks, the initial goal is to isolate the leak and make a permanent repair if possible and a temporary if not,” Austin Water officisals wrote in an email to KXAN. “In the event a temporary repair is made, additional work may be scheduled in the future.”

Meanwhile, traffic is limited to two lanes between Sixth Street and Seventh Street with a tapering closure extending up to Eighth Street.

Austin water officials say they haven’t gotten reports of any flooding or damage caused by the break.

KXAN’s Todd Bailey contributed to this story.

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